Crazy day in sports yesterday as the Phillies entered the last day of the regular season tied with the New York Mets for 1st place in the National League East and the Eagles entered a nationally telecast showdown versus the New York Giants in a “stay out of the cellar” match-up of NFC East foes.
In past years, the Eagles have owned their division, while the Phils were always just not quite good enough to make it into baseball’s elite – steadily falling just a little shy of making the playoffs.
Yesterday, the Phils completed a surprising seasonal turnaround – shaking off a dismal 4-11 start in April and going 17-7 to cap their schedule. Their NL East title (the first since the Mitch Williams Wild-Thing year of 1993) was definitely aided by the Mets epic collapse. The only thing better would have been if it would have happened to the Yankees. And so their on to face the winner of the Padres-Rockies 1-game face-off today in Colorado. Though not as bad as the Mets, the Friars frittered away their chance at the NL West and have nearly-squandered their chance at the NL-WC. Can’t wait to see what happens.
The Eagles on the other-hand look like a team that has hurried into “rebuilding” mode, turning in an embarrassing performance on national TV last night. Without Brian Westbrook and with a make-shift offensive line the team was incapable of moving the ball consistently – though they were very consistent in allowing the Giants defesnsive line to have a feast-day on the not-mobile-enough Donovan McNabb to the tune of 12 sacks. And the Birdz handled the Giants more than a football field (132 yards) on 15 penalties. Wow. Sad days. I’m thankful for the bye week.
Maybe they’ll break out the baby blue and mustard from now on out.